June 17, 2010

Dollar Store Microfiber Mitt Makeover

I love to walk through the Dollar Store for inspiration. There's always something there that I can play around with and the prices are fabulous! So I nearly squealed with joy on my last trip when I saw the "Store Closing Everything 20% - 60% Off" sign. (There are enough in the area that I wasn't crushed that this one is closing.)  It was awesome. I bought Christmas plates (3/$1) for the neighbor gifts at Christmas, a few pots for the garden, wrapping paper, some things for camping and my husband got some things too.

But these were my most random and most inspired find:

Wash Mitt Hedgehog

What is it you ask? It's a Microfiber Mitt! It practically jumped off the shelf into my cart. OK really what happened is it was a huge display and I was drawn to the color and texture. Who can help it. Those fuzzy fingers are just so intriguing and wacky. And you won't believe how incredibly soft they are! My 8 1/2 month old freaked out when he saw me holding it. Oh boy did he want it. So I bought a whole bunch. They were originally marked for $1.79 but I don't even think I was charged $1 for them.

Wash Mitt Hedgehog

So I got home with the plans to make a soft baby block out of a few of them. But then I thought the fingers reminded me of a Hedgehog. Can you see it?

Wash Mitt Hedgehog

I unpicked the entire mitt.

(Note how the fingers all lay in one direction - I made sure to cut out the body so that 
Wash Mitt Hedgehog

I searched for patterns and loosely based mine on this pattern from LollyChops. I made it smaller, and split up the head and back, using the front and back of the mitt. I also cut the back from one piece so I had less sewing to do. Here are the steps:

1. Cut the pattern out. You can download it here or click on the image below to download it.

Car Wash Mitt Hedgehog Pattern

Wash Mitt Hedgehog

Wash Mitt Hedgehog

2. Fold darts right sides together and sew. I cut the fingers that would be tucked inside the dart away to minimize bulk.

Wash Mitt Hedgehog

Wash Mitt Hedgehog

3. Fold the body right side together, again I trimmed away excess fingers, or just pulled them out to avoid bulk.  Sew everywhere but the opening for the head. Zig-zagg the raw edges. Clip and trim the rounded areas so they lay nicely. Pull it all right side out, push on the seams to make sure it was all smooth.

Wash Mitt Hedgehog

Wash Mitt Hedgehog

4. For the Head: Right sides together, sew all but the opening to the body. Clip seams, trim excess and turn right side out. Smooth seams.

Wash Mitt Hedgehog

5. Draw or apply eyes and smile. (Now is the best time in order to match up both sides.) I used a black Extra Fine Permawriter Permanent Marker. Next time I'm going to try making felt eyes.

6. Stuff the head and body almost full. I had to pull a little of the stuffing from the head and stuff it back in later.

7. Hand stitch the head to the body, filling it all the way once the head is almost completely on.

Wash Mitt Hedgehog

I handed this to my baby and he squealed in delight. The texture has him raptured. Then I took it away for a second to show my husband. Screams of protest ensued until his new Hedgehog was returned!

Wash Mitt Hedgehog

Wash Mitt Hedgehog

Wash Mitt Hedgehog

As if that's not enough, there was enough left-over fabric to make one of these. I'll post a picture later today.

AND there's still the left-over elastic band to use. I have an idea for this. But no time to make it yet as my nephew is visiting! I'll have to save this for another post!

Wash Mitt Hedgehog

It reminds me of a sports cuff, and it's the perfect size, so I could just wear it as is.

Wash Mitt Hedgehog

There's also the GREEN mitt to play around with. I'm going to try something like this.

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Brit said...

I totally want one of these... so cute.

Anonymous said...

Wow!! This is so adorable! So clever! I may even attempt one. Thanks for the tutorial!

andrewandpaigeirwin said...

Very creative! I will never look at one of those mitts the same way!

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

That is super cute. I had a hard time coming up with my project...but I would have never come up with something this creative. Good job.

Just Another Day in Paradise.

KatrinkaJane said...

ABSOLUTELY love it. Ingenious!
(fellow CSI poster)

Michelle L. said...

Hi, Maggie! I came to check you out from the CSI project, and I am blown away by your blog. Seriously, you have such great ideas and super clear tutorials. They must take forever! Plus, you are a fantastic writer. New follower!

From The Heart Crafts said...

Totally looked over your hedge-hog project the other day, I loved it! Thought for sure you would get in the top 10.

creativejewishmom/Sara said...

Very creative and so cute! I'd just love it if you'd drop by my blog linking party and share this, thur Wednesday @creativejewishmom.com Hope to see you there!

greenbean said...

omg!...how freaking cute is this?...i wish i could sew!...might have to learn just to do up one of these little guys!...this project is genius!...

Amanda said...

How did you look at that mitt and think of THAT most adorable little porcupine?? That ROCKS

willowbird35 said...

That was one of the cutest things I've ever seen! Wish I sewed! -Karen

Lore Bubeck said...

Pattern please?? I have mitts in blue, green and orange ready to go!

nea and rusty said...

how cute, maggie! what a fun idea-- you are so creative! i also love how soft those mitts are, so i'm sure your son is loving it!

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